I am having a good day, and while that is nothing to complain home about, it is a bit head scratching to find motivation for a topic today. I did everything ordinary. I write about gratitude a lot, and I think that while it is a great practice for a spiritual life, I may have been wearing the topic out. I haven’t felt desperate or despairing, so that is not something to pray for either. And while I am most encouraging of personal prayer, I am also for prayer for others, for the common good, and any number of topics that we can never pray too much for.
But I think that no matter how many things there are to pray for or about, maybe there would be fewer problems in the world, more material goods to go around, more kindness, more love, if people could overcome their fear of lack. Certainly I have suffered my own fear of lack, and this is one thing that seems to feed into the greed that maintains the separation between the haves and have nots. (I wanted to write between the halves and the half-knots, but that would be an entirely different topic and some folks might accuse me of spelling errors… That would never do!)
Creator, when times are lean or feel lean, and working extra jobs does not seem to help stay above the bills or put food on the table, help us to change our perspective to seeing what we have, to seeing the possibilities instead of the impossibilities, and thereby to have faith. Open the hearts of those who are made greedy by fear of lack so that humans may be more open handed with each other. Let us see goodness in all its forms. Amen.